National Book Foundation Presents: Reckoning with Resistance
National Book Award Longlisters Hanif Abdurraqib (Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, Nonfiction) and Camonghne Felix (Build Yourself a Boat, Poetry) discuss what resistance means to them—in their own writing, in contemporary literature, and in 2020. Moderated by Dr. Eve L. Ewing, sociologist of education and poet (1919 and Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side.) Charis is proud to be the bookseller for this event. Click here to register.
About the Authors:
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from the east side of Columbus, Ohio. His latest books are Go Ahead In The Rain and A Fortune For Your Disaster.
Camonghne Felix, M.A. is a poet, a writer, speaker, and political strategist. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Poets House. Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books), was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Awards. Her debut was also a 2017 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham and Pollak Prize finalist and a 2017 Fordham University Poets Out Loud semi-finalist. Camonghne was the Director of Surrogates & Strategic Communications at Elizabeth Warren for President, and is now the VP of Strategic Communications at the agency Blue State.
About the Moderator:
Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection 1919 and the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. Her first book, the poetry collection Electric Arches, received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also currently writes the Champions series for Marvel Comics and previously wrote the acclaimed Ironheart series, as well as other projects. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues.
About the Introducer:
Natalie Green is the Public Programs Manager at the National Book Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Natalie was the Manager of Los Angeles Programs at PEN America. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from UCLA where she managed Westwind, UCLA’s Journal of the Arts, and wrote and edited for The Daily Bruin.
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“When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.” —Booklist, Starred Review
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2019 National Book Award Longlist
"With Build Yourself a Boat, Camonghne Felix heralds a thrillingly new form of storytelling."
--Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro
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Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2019
Chicago Review of Books Best Poetry Book of 2019
O Magazine Best Books by Women of Summer 2019
The Millions Must-Read Poetry of June 2019
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“Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools.”
That’s how Eve L. Ewing opens Ghosts in the Schoolyard: describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside.$14.40ISBN: 9781608468560Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017
Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.